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SCOTT, Barbara Ann

May 23, 1931- March 18, 2014

Barbara Scott passed away peacefully at Agapé Hospice on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

Born in 1931, she earned a Master of Arts in Urban Sociology from Boston University and launched her career in social and market research positions in Toronto and Edmonton. Barb arrived in Calgary in 1965 to take a position as Research Director with the Calgary Social Planning Council but more importantly, to be near the grandeur, splendor and serenity of the Rockies.

Her lifelong desire to help others and her ambitious dreams of realizing Calgary’s potential as a great city in which to live, work and raise families led her to seek public office. First elected in October 1971, Barb served as an Alderman for centrally located Ward 8 (initially Ward 4) until she retired in 1995, carving out a record as the longest serving elected public official in Calgary’s history until recently surpassed by her colleague, Alderman Dale Hodges.

An impassioned advocate for the most vulnerable – seniors, children and the homeless – Barb was involved in various community initiatives; as a Member of Calgary City Council, she served as Chair of the Community Services Committee, President of the Metropolitan Calgary Foundation, and Chair of the Calgary District Hospital Group, which owned and operated the Colonel Belcher, Holy Cross, Peter Lougheed and Rockyview General Hospitals.

Barb was instrumental in the creation of safe houses to help vulnerable teens and in establishing a dental clinic to address the health needs endured by the homeless. She worked to initiate sidewalk curb cuts to aid those with mobility challenges. Proud of her successes, she fervently insisted that credit be given where it was due, recognizing it was only through the hard work and support of a collective community that they could be realized. Barb encouraged the ordinary citizen to get involved, especially in the planning of their own communities – and she supported them with their efforts. She was one of the few Aldermen in her day who for the most part of her public career, worked full-time to make a difference. Barb was scrupulously honest and forthright during election campaigns, returning donations over $100 so as not to be beholden to anyone. She was an active supporter of local artists and acquired many of their works that she displayed with pride, eager to promote their talent to those who asked.

Additionally, Barb served on many other city and community-focused committees, including the Calgary Police Commission, Calgary Public Library Board, Parks and Recreation Board, Development Appeal Board, Heritage Park Board, Local Board of Health and Calgary Planning Commission. She also served on two provincial committees, the Health Unit Association of Alberta and the Provincial Review of the FCSS program.

Following her retirement from City Council in 1995, Barb continued her involvement with various voluntary services and also served as a Canadian Citizenship Judge where she proudly welcomed new Canadians to the country and city she loved. She was instrumental in transforming the traditional formal Citizenship Court ceremony, moving it from the confines of a court setting and into the heart of the community. Barb firmly believed that such celebrations should be in (and with) the communities where our new Canadians had chosen to make their life. Barb conducted each ceremony in a way that was meaningful to each recipient, with ease, an injection of humor and most of all, humility.

Barbara Scott was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1997. Additionally, she has received the Medal of Honour of the Alberta Medical Association, the YWCA’s Women of Distinction award in community service and was a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International. She was made an honourary member of the Alberta College of Social Work, and she also received medals in honour of the Queen’s Jubilee, Confederation and the Alberta Centennial. In 2013, Barb was humbled by Calgary City Council’s decision to name a new inner-city park in her honour – within the same community that she represented for 24 years and worked tirelessly to make a better place.

Barb was passionate about the Canadian Rockies and was an avid lifelong skier and hiker, taking in their year-round beauty and regularly visiting her favorite retreats, Skoki and Assiniboine Lodges. At age 60, she enrolled in formal ski lessons, believing that one tends to “busy their life with the day-to-day and too often forgets mind-clearing activities”. She had her secret loves – hikes to Grassi Lakes, long walks through River Park and Sandy Beach, Zermatt, the restful village at the foot of the Matterhorn that she considered to be the most breath-taking place on the planet, everything chocolate, and Dr. Seuss. Barb Scott has now rejoined her faithful companions, Chinook, Snowball and Mikey as she begins her new journey.

Barb wished to sincerely thank the caregivers at Agapé Hospice for their attentive and compassionate care as well as friends and neighbours who assisted with generous and selfless acts of kindness, sent cheerful posies and shared kind thoughts of hope over the past few months. At Barb’s request, there will be no funeral or memorial service. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, tributes in her name to honour her memory can be made to The Calgary Foundation

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.
~ Dr. Seuss

In living memory of Barbara Scott, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Nancy Fletcher :

    Barb Scott was a neighbour of our family. For many years, she was a pillar in the community. she would always make an appearance at events, whether it was a neighbour’s backyard B.B.Q., or visiting some young persons Lemonade stand on the corner.
    Rest in Peace Barb. God Bless
    Nancy Fletcher

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  2. She made a difference!

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  3. Maureen Higgins :

    My heart felt sadness at the passing of Barb. I knew her through her work with my mom Sue Higgins. I think mom and Barb were two peas in the same pod. Although Bard had much nicer language. When I was at city hall she was always very kind and friendly.
    Bard did a lot for this city. Anyone who had the years of service, is a wonderful person. I have fond memories of Barb. Thank you for giving her to this city to help make it a better place. May she rest in peace.
    Maureen Higgins

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  4. My condolences to Barb’s friends and family. The regular interviews with the two “Alderbroads” were a highlight in a long CBC Radio career. Sue Higgins and Barb Scott would come into the studio and instantly strip away the gravitas that sometimes influenced our coverage of politics. I hope somewhere in the firmament, they found an interviewer who will struggle to get a word in edgewise.

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  5. Carolyn Smith :

    My condolences as well. I worked on her campaign when she first got elected. I was a very young teen and I learned a lot from that experience. My father was her campaign manager. It was amazing to see her career unfold. She was so devoted to all of the citizens of Calgary and I watched her give and give. That being said one of my best memories from my teens was tubing with her and my mum down the Elbow River one glorious summer day!!!! You can imagine what fun that was and her wonderful laugh….she made such a difference, I will always think of her.

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  6. Rob and Sue Remmer :

    Our condolences to Barb’s family and friends. Twelve years ago, our family moved into the house beside hers in Knobhill-Richmond. It was our first (and only) house and it was a gift to get to know Barb – our first neighbour. Even into her later years, she was an involved community member and we both loved our over the fence conversations, especially on summer mornings. Barb was also one gutsy lady. I often recall the night that Barb arrived on my doorstep, relatively unphased, phone in hand, to ask if she could come in and wait for the police, as she had just walked in on her home being burgled. The decision to finally move from her home was a hard one for Barb and when she did, she asked if we wanted to buy her house, so that she didn’t have to worry about getting it fixed up and staged for sale. Later, when we were going through some things she had left, we found countless numbers of little gems of Barb’s – including her old alderman business cards. Not originally from Calgary, we didn’t realize until late in the day how instrumental Barb had been in the formation of our city — to us, she had always been, first and foremost, Barb from next door. Our family will be thinking about Barb this summer on our first trip to Barb Scott Park.
    Sue, Rob, Ruby and Jack Remmer

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  7. I was saddened to read that Barb had passed away. I served 9 years on City Council with her and have some fond memories. She served her ward and Calgary very well. Always looking out for the underdog.
    Ron Leigh
    Former Alderman Ward 6

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  8. Honourable Nick Taylor :

    I am sorry to see the passing of such a portion of Calgary’s growing up but proud of the fact that I was instrumental in bringing her to the city in 1965 when I was chairman of the Calgary Social Planning Council. She was brilliant. A fighter for social justice and certainly helped build a social conscience in the province.Through my years as a politician, I sought her opinion many times. I, amongst hundreds of others, will miss her. Good bye

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  9. Bill McFarlane :

    Barb Scott. How many times did we talk? dozens? Hundreds? You see I covered Calgary City Hall for CFCN TV as it was called then and Barb Scott was one of the first city officials to give me the time of day..She talked to me because she knew she could reach out to her constituents through the media and because I was an inexperienced pup. I grew to know Scott through her passionate debates in council, her mischievous twinkling eyes and smile and her distinct voice. Listen – you can hear it now. Barb was, one of the “good ones”. Like Sue Higgins-Scott, would tell it like it is…she was a marvellous person who made a difference and it was an honour to work “with” her.

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  10. Barb is the “mother” of day care in Calgary, beginning with a study on the need for day care in 1966 while she was the researcher at the Calgary Social Planning Council. The Study was funded by the City of Calgary, Preventive Social Services Program which as an Alderman, she helped shape during her many years as the Chair of City Council’s Policy Committee on Community Services. The Study and her many years of work led to the creation of day care and out-of- school care in Calgary, and dramatically influenced Alberta governments. She was and remains the preeminent Councillor advocate for social justice.

    Thank you Alderman Scott.

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